​​​​Koinonia Auction Benefits from Culinary Expertise of Long-time Chef

​They may be there to help raise funds for those in need, but they’ll also get a delicious dinner as a bonus for the $20 ticket they purchased to the event. Those attending the March 24 Koinonia Cares Charity Auction will be delighted by the culinary expertise of Chef Germund B. Thomsen.

Thomsen was executive chef at the Radisson Governor’s Inn in Research Triangle Park for 30 years. After retiring in 2014, he was hired by Wake Forest Baptist Church in August as its chef for Wednesday night suppers.


Thomsen was born in Denmark and when he was 12  years old his family immigrated to the United States. His father, a pastry chef, moved the family to Scottsdale, Arizona.

In 1984, Thomsen moved to North Carolina to work at the Governor’s Inn—first as a sous chef and then promoted to executive chef. He retired when the hotel was sold to Research Triangle Foundation which demolished it and is determining the land’s future use. 

The menu for the Koinonia Cares Charity Auction prepared by Chef Thomsen will include tossed salad, fresh fruit salad, stuffed chicken breast in Chablis sauce, parsley buttered new potatoes, pepper steak, white rice pilaf, whole green beans with carrots, steamed broccoli, rolls and beverages. A dessert station will include a variety of cakes, banana pudding, fruit cobbler and baked Alaska.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.KoinoniaWF.org until midnight March 19. Only 175 tickets will be sold to the event that will be held at Wake Forest Baptist Church, 107 E. South Avenue, from 5:30 – 9 p.m. Buy tickets online. Online sales end on March 19, 11:59 p.m.